Once in the green area, Taya knew exactly what to look for. When she was searching for butterflies outside Aire, by chance she spotted a dozen of exemplars collecting nectar from the passion flower that grew also in Aire’s botanical garden, where she was now standing. Butterflies had not been spotted for years in Aire, yet their role in the micro ecosystem was fundamental for the survival of the plants. Sure, there were artificial ways of pollination, but the goal of Aire was to rely as little as possible on technology and maintain a self-sustaining ecosystem. Taya’s research suggested that butterflies might still be living in the remaining vegetation of the Amazon basin from which most of the wildlife had almost completely perished. So on the advice of Professor Elro, she had carefully captured the butterflies she found in a box only to release them a few minutes later in the green area of Aire. It was uncertain whether they would acclimate to the new surroundings and eventually lay their eggs, but now that doubt was gone.
After a whole month with no sign of butterflies, it was almost as if Taya’s morning visitor had invited her to see with her own eyes the caterpillars feasting on the same leaves they were born on before they metamorphose into beautiful butterflies and once again contribute to the growth of the garden. It may have seemed like a small step, but every new species that managed to survive inside the energy shield was a proof that one day Aire could expand and offer shelter to various forms of life endangered in the outer world.
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